Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Steve King Shoots Raccoon

Iowa Congressman Steve King, gunslinger. The raccoon never knew what hit it. Apparently, the raccoon was trying to push its way into the King family home in Kiron. Kiron pulled out his trusty Desert Eagle. The coon didn't stand a chance. Here's the story.

PETA isn't a fan of the story. Here's a followup story on Roll Call:


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has weighed in on Rep. Steve King (R) killing a raccoon that tried to crawl its way into his Iowa home — and not surprisingly, the animal welfare group isn’t too pleased.

PETA spokesman Jaime Zalac tells HOH that King should pick on someone his own size, “not a small animal seeking warmth in a blizzard.”

“It doesn’t give you comfort in your representatives when a member of Congress finds it amusing to boast of shooting a desperately cold animal who is 100 times smaller than he is and whose only misstep was trying to get into a large, warm house,” Zalac said in a written statement. “I hope he’s not on any committees that make decisions regarding cruel and unusual punishment. Decent people would call animal control for help, not get on Twitter to boast about having a really, really big gun.”

King tweeted on Feb. 9 that he killed the raccoon with a Desert Eagle pistol when he spotted it crawling into his house. In an interview last week, King told HOH that he felt he needed to kill the critter because he believed it was rabid and could potentially hurt his family.

And King insisted he appreciates wildlife, noting he often sees deer, rabbits, squirrels and other animals on his property.

5 comments:

ProdigalSon said...

Let the jokes begin:

Steve King finally shows us how he feels about the impending invasion of Racoons.

Apparently this Racoon didn't have his green card.

Steve King just assasinated Archduke Racoon Ferdinand.

Animal Kingdom 0
Steve King 1

For his next trick, Rep. Steve King, will sucker punch a tiger in the mouth.

and last but not least:

Steve King was just practicing his shooting, for his next trip to Afghanistan. he's going to shoot himself some turrorists.

Dave Price said...

ProdigalSon, you brought your "A" game today!

Anonymous said...

You know what the real joke is? PETA making a big deal out of this.

The racoon was trying to get into King's house during the middle of the day. That's a number one sign of rabies or distemper...Use your minds people.

Alice (as in Wonderland) said...

The version I heard was that there was a blizzard going on and the raccoon was looking for shelter -- not simply breaking into a house in the middle of the day. And by the way, raccoons can wander around in the daytime without being rabid.

I hate PETA, but I'm with them on this one. Looking for shelter is a rational act; rabid animals don't act rationally. King just wanted an excuse to kill something and tweet about it. That's all this is.

Anonymous said...

If the local chapter of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals REALLY wants to make an impact, it should picket the Iowa State Fair (plenty of opportunities there), the Swine Fest, the Baconfest and other meat-related events in the Des Moines area. Is the animal rights movement that alive in central Iowa? I guess not.